In the Unschooling method of homeschooling there’s no pre-set curriculum to follow, and there’s no clear distinction between school and free time. There are no school hours and no school holidays. Learning happens all the time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
“The world is our classroom" is the adage of the unschooler.
Unschooled children are free to choose what to learn, when to learn and how to learn. The parents don’t act as teachers but rather as coaches or even just facilitators. It is their job to make sure their children grow up in a learning-rich environment with plenty of educational materials and opportunities to spark their curiosity. They have to be there to answer their children’s questions or – even better – help them find the answers for themselves.
Unschoolers think outside the box. They may or may not work with a curriculum, depending on what their children let them know they want or need. They use books, and likely, lots of them, on all kinds of subjects. They also use everyday items like tools, kitchen utensils and whatever else they may find around the house – and may do so imaginatively. After all, whoever said pots and pans should only be used for cooking?